Gaitore is a royal cremation ground for the Kachhwaha Rajput kings and the members of the royal family and forms one of the major tourists’ attractions in Jaipur. ‘Gaitore’ is derived from the Hindi phrase, ‘Gaye ka Thor’ meaning ‘resting place of the departed souls’. It is located place is 15 km away from Jaipur on a narrow valley in the Jaipur-Amer road. The valley has numerous beautiful cenotaphs or chhatri made of marble and sandstone. They are designed with Rajastani carvings dedicated to the legendary rulers of Jaipur. Gaitore is a perfect amalgamation of Islamic and Hindu temple architecture with cenotaphs of Sawai Ram Singh, Sawai Madho Singh, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and a lot more. The carvings on each cenotaph are a reflection of the taste of different kings of the bygone era. The cenotaph of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II is elegantly crafted with intricate peacock designs on beautiful white marble structure.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur after the big shift of the capital to Jaipur designated the royal cremation ground of the Kachhwaha Rajputs, Gaitore officially. Cremation of every Kachhwaha king was conducted in Gaitore post 1733. The only cenotaph missing is that of Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh who had his cremation done in the city palace complex of Jaipur.
The cenotaphs of Gaitore are ideal examples of the fusion of Islamic architecture with Hindu temple architecture. They are actually open domed pavilions built on a raised platform. These beautiful cenotaphs are dedicated to kings, who ruled Jaipur like Sawai Ram Singh, Sawai Madho Singh and Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. However, the one for Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II is uniquely different. It is made of pure white marble and is decorated with stunning peacock deigns and patterns. The carvings in each cenotaph reflect the style and taste of the kings of that specific era.
Gaitore is located on the Jaipur-Amer road at a distance of 15 km from the Pink City. You can hire autos, taxis or local buses from the city itself to enjoy the spectacular view.
Several tourist attractions like the City Palace, Govind Dev ji Temple, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Hahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Moti Doongari and Lakshmi Narayan Temple are situated nearby.